Miss Pacific out to empower young women to be politically active

 

Miss Pacific 2016/17 – Miss Anne Christine Dunn of Fiji

BY Lagi Keresoma

APIA, MONDAY 05 DECEMBER 2016: The newly crowned Miss Pacific, Anne Christine Dunn of Fiji will work to continue to empower young women to be politically active and raise their voice a little bit.

Crowned in Apia last Friday, Miss Dunn says if she is eager to get back and be able to work with the community.

Her overall goal is to add her voice to empowering women interests as parliamentarians.

She believes this could be archived through participation in events involving education.

“This is the best way to advocate for everything,” said Dunn.

Still coming to grips with the reality of the Miss Pacific Crown, Dunn says first, it was a shock.

“As much as I wanted the crown, I didn’t realize it until it was announced that Miss Fiji was the 2017 Miss Pacific Islands.

“It did not hit me at the night of the pageant, until this morning when I woke up,” said Dunn.

Anne Christine Dunn is from a family of four, her parents, a brother and herself.

She and her mother live in America while her father and brother reside in Fiji.

The pageant gave her an appreciation of the various cultures and traditions portrayed by all the contestants representing seven Pacific islands.

“Such varied but unique cultures, and as Pacific islanders, we should harness and encouraging young people to really get down to their roots, and not lose it,” said Dunn.

Growing up in America, a lot of people identified her as an African – American only because she never said she was from Fiji.

In 2011, Dunn returned to Fiji and embraced her culture, history and interacted with the people who have so much pride because they know where they came from.

She said America is filled with amazing people who believe they are all Americans although they all came from different countries.

“For me coming back to Fiji means, I can embrace Fiji as my Fiji, and I am honoured by the fact that I am a Pacific islander.”

Miss Pacific Islands Pageant results:

  • Miss Pacific – Miss Fiji Anne Christine Dun. She won the Best interview and traditional wear.
  • First Runner up – Miss American Samoa – Antonina Keko Lilomaiava. She won the National Tourism Award and best sarong.
  • Second Runner up – Miss Solomon Islands – Camilla Crossmith. She won the Best Talent category.
  • Third Runner up – Miss Samoa – Pricilla Olona, who won the Miss Personality.
  • Fourth Runner up – Miss Cook Islands – Teperu Helen Toka.
  • Miss Internet went to Miss Nauru – Lucinda  Detsiago
  • Miss Photogenic went to Miss Tonga.

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    Miss Tonga during the floral parade down Beach Road on the mornig before the pageant